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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-12-01 15:17


>Wind power reaches major milestone

Tourists stroll near a wind power plant in Longli county, Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's installed capacity of grid-connected wind power has reached 300.15 million kilowatts, double that of 2016 and the highest in the world for 12 consecutive years, the National Energy Administration said on Monday. According to the administration, China's installed capacity for wind power connected to the grid is 1.4 times the total installed capacity of wind power in the European Union by the end of 2020 and 2.6 times that of the United States.

With its contribution to the country's power supply continuously increasing, wind power currently accounts for 13 percent of the country's total power installation. Generating capacity of wind power accounts for 7.5 percent of total power consumption. The two figures were up 0.3 and 1.3 percentage points, respectively, compared to 2020, the administration said.

China, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the world's wind turbine output, has been continuously cementing its position as the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer in recent years.


>Urban salaries continue to rise

People in information transmission, software and information technology services in administrative units and non-private companies earned the most, with annual pay averaging over 177,500 yuan last year.[Photo/IC]

The annual salaries of people working in urban areas have risen continuously over the last few years. According to a yearbook published by the National Bureau of Statistics this month, workers in urban non-private units and companies saw their annual salaries increase by 7.6 percent last year, following rises of 9.8 percent in 2019 and 11 percent in 2018.

People in information transmission, software and information technology services in administrative units and non-private companies earned the most, with annual pay averaging over 177,500 yuan last year. They were followed in the salary rankings by those in scientific research and technology in the non-private sector, whose average annual pay was around 140,000 yuan. Jobs in finance ranked third in the non-private sector, with annual pay of about 133,400 yuan per year.

Surveys and reports have showed jobs requiring higher technology, education and work skills usually pay more.

The salaries vary in different professions, with management posts in information technology firms earning the most.


>Palace Museum tests free access for juveniles

Photo taken with a mobile phone shows a view in the Palace Museum in Beijing, Sept 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Palace Museum in Beijing announced a test run on Monday to promote free access for juveniles.

According to the official website of the museum on Monday, trial operations for free access for those below 18 will begin on Dec 10. Reservation for the free entry tickets will go online at 8 pm, Dec 3. The free entry policy also applies to the treasure gallery and the clock gallery, which normally require an extra ticket to enter. Ticket reservations can be made via a website or the WeChat account of the museum.

The policy will be adjusted according to public opinion during the test run.

The Palace Museum in Beijing, also known as the Forbidden City, was China's imperial palace from 1420 to 1911.

Over 1.8 million cultural relics are housed in the venue.


>Beijing to standardize foreign-language signs

A public sign with a misspelled English word. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

Beijing has recently issued a regulation requiring the setup of standardized Chinese and foreign-language signs in five categories of public venues, the foreign affairs office of the municipal government said.

The regulation is aimed at elevating Beijing's international service level, improving its function as an international exchange center and promoting the high-level opening up and high-quality development of the capital city.

The five categories include public transport venues such as airports and railway stations, venues for large-scale international events like sports, conferences and expos, communities with a mass of foreigners, emergency shelters and other significant public venues of culture, tourism and sports.

The regulation will take effect on Jan 1.


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